PGCert.Voice.Ped, Cert.HE, Dip.RNMT, Cert.Adv.MFR, Cert.OSM, FRSA
Stephen specialises in the area of honing in on tension, and eliminating it in his singing teaching and manual therapy hybrid practice. Stephen’s breadth of genre knowledge sees him having worked with Hollywood A-Listers, and Disney Film Celebrities, to The 2018 World Champion Beatboxer, keeping them all in tip-top vocal health for whatever vocal load they have. Founding the multidisciplinary VOICE CARE CENTRE in 2017 with nothing but a dream of delivering specialist treatment to those suffering with their voices, Stephen has now become a leader in the field of holistic, multidisciplinary evaluation of both the voice, and the singer as a whole person. In 2019, the VOICE CARE CENTRE won the much sought after title of ‘Healthcare Provider of The Year 2019’ at the Industry Minds Awards for the contribution to mental health services in the creative arts.
Stephen initially qualified as a Raynor Massage Therapist (Diploma) and is one of the cohort of the only degree level massage qualification (Level 6 ACMT/BTEC) in the UK. He has studied extra modules in Spinal Manipulation (2019) and is currently on an Advanced Diploma in Medical Acupuncture (2020) (from Osteon Manual Therapy). Further to this, he has an Advanced Certificate in Myofascial Release (JING Advanced Massage Training) and two certificates in Laryngeal Manipulation (Jacob Lieberman 2017/2019), Stephen has also undertaken Laryngeal Dissection at King’s College, London (in 2019, 2020). Stephen also gained the first Level 7 Voice Pedagogy specific Postgraduate Certificate in the UK from the University of Wales, Trinity St David (Voice Workshop) and has since been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts for his contribution to changing the stigma around vocal health.
Stephen is now an Educational Director at the Modern Vocal Training Institute in Malaga, where he is also the resident anatomy teacher. He has delivered seminars/ lecturers and theory to practicum sessions at the 1st and 2nd Voice Geek Conference in London, The Advancements in Pedagogy conference at LCM (London), The 2nd and 3rd World Voice Teacher’s Expo (Poland 2018, Spain 2020), The Swiss Beatbox Camp, (Poland 2019) The Grand Beatbox Battle (Poland 2020) and The European Vocal Camp 9th and 10th edition (Poland 2019, Poland 2020). He has coached on a season of The Voice (Belgium 2016) as well as generated YouTube content reaching 60 million viewers with Spirit Young Performers Company (2016-2017), Stephen has also trained speech therapists, massage therapists and vocal coaches in Vocal Massage, Vocal Health and Anatomy and Physiology, as well as delivering thousands of hours of Vocal Massage treatments a year.
With fellow Vocal Coach Lydia Easton, he set up Pro Voice Care, London which deals with both the technical and rehabilitative coaching of elite singers as well as pre/post surgery, or simply for the preparation of a demanding role. In 2020, Stephen co-founded; Vocal Health Education, a guarantee company (not for profit) which seeks to demystify the genre of singing voice rehabilitation and vocal health advice by launching a brand new training pathway titled; “Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist”.
MAMT, MA, BA (hons), Cert.RNMT
Ronan is part of the first cohort of Vocal Massage therapists to be trained by Stephen in the Certificate in Vocal Myofascial Release.
Qualified from the Brandon Raynor International School of Massage, Ronan first specialised in Deep Tissue Massage before training in vocal massage. Recognising that no client is the same, Ronan provides tailored treatments to suit each individual, whether they have a particular problem/injury or just need to keep on top of their physical well-being.
In 2019, Ronan attended his first Laryngeal Dissection at King’s College, this allowed him to completely understand the structures and science behind vocal myofascial release.
Having trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and having worked as an actor, director and producer, Ronan understands the needs and demands of those in the Performing Arts Industry. Whilst his clients work in various sectors, Ronan mostly works with performers, athletes and professional singers to eliminate physical and emotional tension. He has recently worked with touring artists at the o2 and Wembley, enabling them to reach their full potential at sold out performances.
Ronan has been successfully running the London Raynor Massage company since 2017. For any deep tissue appointments we are happy to recommend London Raynor Massage.
AVCM, BA (hons), MSc, MOst
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Having originally trained as a Massage Therapist, Chloe is a graduate from the University College of Osteopathy with a Masters in Osteopathy (MOst). Specialising in care of the voice, Her final research project explored the management of Muscle Tension Dysphonia, with other research delving into osteopathic techniques under endoscopic evaluation.
With a background in singing, both in teaching and performance, Chloe has a unique insight into manual therapy for the voice. Her approach is both holistic and patient centred: she treats the whole person, not just the voice, and actively encourages the patient to be part of the solution.
Her techniques include standard osteopathic techniques of manipulation and soft tissue work, alongside more gentle interventions depending on the individual case. She works as a resident osteopath in a clinic in Surrey, is a regular observer at nearby NHS voice clinics and is also the resident osteopath at the Voice Care Centre, London.
MMus(voice), MMperf(opera), PGCert (Nutritional Science), MRSPH
Duncan is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has an active career as an operatic Baritone performing roles at many of the world’s leading opera houses including: the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Teatro Real and the Boston Lyric Opera. As a baritone soloist he has recorded and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony orchestra.
Concurrently with his performing career Duncan works as a Nutritionist and Nutritional Science Writer. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Nutritional Science, an advanced diploma in nutrition and weight management and is completing an MSc in Nutritional Science.
His speciality is combining his parallel fields of study and providing nutritional information for performing artists. He is cognisant, from both an academic and personal standpoint, of the heavy demands of a busy performing schedule that often includes the demands of rigorous travel. He has been using his knowledge of diet and nutrition to propel his own career as well as help other performers attain optimal vocal and physical health.
BSc RCSLT HCPC
Lydia Hart is set to be an exciting name in the world of Vocal Rehabilitation, combining her skills as a Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with her passion for wellbeing and holistic treatment. Lydia is known for being vibrant, caring and truly passionate about her work, and she strives to provide the best possible treatment for her patients. Lydia is a singer herself, which expands her appreciation for the human voice as well as her skill set as a voice therapist.
Lydia studied at the University of Reading, completing her four year BSc in Speech and Language Therapy in 2015. Lydia spent two years working on acute medical wards, providing management of swallowing disorders, before undertaking comprehensive clinical training in Voice and Upper Airway disorders, and she has now been working full time in this field for two years. Lydia currently works at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, providing outpatient therapy as well as running the Joint Voice Clinic at Wexham Park Hospital alongside renowned laryngologist Declan Costello. She has attended the Estill level 1 and 2 course with The Voice Explained and has trained in Vocal Massage, Myofascial Release and further laryngeal manipulation, with Stephen King.
Lydia has treated hundreds of individuals with laryngeal disorders including muscle tension dysphonia, vocal cord nodules, cysts and polyps, vocal cord palsies, as well as globus, habitual throat clearing, and chronic cough. Lydia has a broad range of skills and treatment techniques, from postural and breath work, relaxation and mindfulness, to specialist voice rehabilitation techniques and exercises to enable return to full vocal function. Lydia can also provide expert advice for management of acid reflux, respiratory conditions and nasal airway issues, as these can often affect the voice.
Lydia genuinely cares about her patients, and uses her expertise to provide detailed assessment and diagnosis of laryngeal disorders, in order to deliver holistic treatment programmes tailored to suit each individual.
PGCE, Dip.Mind.Med, DipC.Mind.Med, MBCBT
Mindset success coach, Brenda Shankey works predominantly in London’s West End coaching performers, singers, dancers, actors pre-stage, TV and film productions. Covering everything from: confidence, stage nerves, loss of voices, forgetting lines, sleeplessness, learning to relax, injury recovery, anxiety, panic attacks, fears, the list is endless!
Brenda works full time with students in one of London’s top performing arts universities on performance mindset training, coaching them on overcoming old habits, fears and emotions, and building resilience and positive futures. When not at The Urdang Academy, Brenda runs meditation classes in London and Belfast for both kids and adults. With Brenda’s specialism in Children’s mindfulness her extensive career has seen her working with 5-12 year olds from primary schools to specific one to one coaching. As well as her mindfulness coaching, she is a published author and was named Business Woman of the Year 2012. She won an Outstanding Contribution award from Princess Ann for 5 years charity work for Save the Children and was also the chair of Ballyhackamore Business Association for 6 years.
In 2019, Brenda had the much coveted space to talk and share her expertise at the World Mental Health Day, London City Hall.
PhD, BA (hons), ARCM
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is wellknown for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in and training teachers for Vocal Rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.